This summer, I have spent the past three days at the beach (or pool or at least it feels like it) doing something a little bit different. I’ve been playing soccer in the back yard with my husband since last night. We’ve been doing this for about a year now, but this is my first time ever playing a sport outside. It is definitely a sport that will be fun to watch, but it is also one that has me stressed.
To play soccer is to be in a hurry. We all know this, but it is still a game where you have to move quickly and not get caught or hurt. If you are playing soccer in your backyard, you can bet that someone will be running for you in an instant. This is why it is so important to practice your footwork, to be able to anticipate the position of your opponent and to know exactly how you are going to beat him.
I am not sure how much more you need to know in order to fully enjoy a sport.
As a soccer player, I can say I have seen it all. But I also know that I have also seen it all, and I have seen a lot more than I can count. I did actually practice my footwork in the backyard a few weeks ago. The reason I mention this is that there is something to be said about being able to anticipate and react before your opponent.
I will admit, I feel some responsibility in this department. After all, it’s not like my first time playing soccer was a bad thing, in fact it was very good. I also have to admit that I was more nervous after I made it out of my penalty area that second time. The thing is, as I’ve gotten a little older and it’s gotten a little bit more challenging, I’ve begun to get the hang of it, but I still have a ways to go.
For players of all skill levels, I’d say its fairly easy to read and react before your opponent. When your opponent shows a weakness, you can take advantage of it, and when they show a strength, you can counter them. For the most part, you’re just doing the same thing over and over again. Its a simple concept, but one that gets a little tougher as we get older and become more experienced.
This is why it’s important to practice. Practice what you preach, practice what you tell yourself, practice what you like to do. But more importantly, practice what you DON’T like, practice what you DON’T tell yourself to do. Because there are some things you just don’t like to do, and that makes it easy to make mistakes.
This is the thing about sports. It is not always about the same thing we do over and over again. There are multiple ways to succeed in a sport, and if you dont like it, youd better learn to like it, or else youre going to be in a really bad spot.
The problem is that people often think they know what they like best, and they just dont, and they become more and more discouraged. We tend to get what we want, and when we dont like to do something, we blame the other person for not liking it. Because we are the ones that are in the situation. It is not our fault that the person that doesnt like it doesnt like it, so we should just quit trying.